Dell XPS 730x H2C Intel Core i7 Gaming System - HotHardware

Dell XPS 730x H2C Intel Core i7 Gaming System

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Like the exterior, the interior layout of the XPS 730x remains largely unchanged from the original 730. This is good since we didn't find anything wrong with the 730 series chassis to begin with and we're glad Dell didn't introduce any unnecessary changes.

Dell XPS 730x interior
Dell XPS 730x H2C illuminated by Theater Lighting (click for larger image)

The original 730 featured lighting on the interior of the chassis which was linked to the same system that controlled the lighting for the exterior. For the XPS 730x, Dell has taken interior lighting a step further with Theater Lighting.

The Theater Lighting system is a pretty clever approach to a common problem. The great weight and bulk of the XPS 730 makes it inconvenient to move around in order to find the best angle for optimal lighting and a flashlight was nearly always necessary when you needed to open up the chassis for maintenance/upgrades. Theater Lighting is a set of white LEDs independent of the standard interior lighting system that is designed to illuminate the interior while you muck about under the hood. The lights turn on automatically when the side panel is opened and they are powered by their own independent power source so the system doesn't even need to be plugged in.

The Theater Lighting system consists of 4 ultra-bright white LEDs powered by two AA batteries. The batteries are located on the side of the 5.25" drive cage, hidden under a plastic shroud. Despite there only being 4 LEDs, they are very bright and are positioned well; together they illuminate the entire motherboard area as well as the upper drive cages. The new Theater Lighting system works very well and we can honestly say you probably won't ever need a flashlight while working in the XPS 730x.

Close-ups of XPS 730x interior and Theater Lighting

The interior of the chassis is just as functional as before, with the same emphasis on reusability. The XPS 730 series chassis is fully ATX compliant and will accept any ATX motherboard, not just the ones supplied by Dell. The rest of the chassis is just as adherent to common standards and you'll find that the chassis in general can be completely stripped of its original hardware and replaced with new off-the-shelf components as easily as any aftermarket chassis from the likes of Thermaltake and Coolermaster. This will certainly be a welcome feature years after your XPS 730x purchase, when the original hardware is becoming a little old and you're ready for an upgrade.

The chassis is also
ESA (Enthusiast System Architecture) compliant which allows the system to monitor a variety of temperature and performance data in real-time. Other features we liked from the original 730, such as pre-routed cables, also make a return. As you can see in the images above, our review system was only configured with two hard drives, leaving two empty drive bays. All of the necessary power and data cables for the two empty bays have been installed so adding additional drives is simply a matter of putting the drive in and connecting the pre-routed cables.

Since the interior of the chassis hasn't changed much from the original XPS 730, other than the addition of Theater Lighting, we won't go into further detail here. However you can check out our dissection of the original XPS 730 chassis for
more pictures and a detailed analysis.

Dell XPS H2C cooling system front     Dell XPS H2C cooling system back
Dell H2Ceramic Hybrid Cooling System (Front & Back)

Like all XPS 700 series systems since the XPS 710, the XPS 730x will be available in a factory overclocked 'H2C' version which features Dell's H2Ceramic hybrid cooling system. The XPS 730x is available with two different levels of factory overclocking (or no overclocking at all). At this time factory overclocking is only available with the Core i7-965 Extreme processor and you will not be provided with the option if you chose the i7-920 or the i7-940.

Level 1 overclocking will bring the i7-965 Extreme processor up to 3.46GHz from the default clock of 3.2GHz, while level 2 overclocking will push it all the way to 3.73GHz. Level 1 overclocking is available with both the standard air cooling and the H2C cooling option, but level 2 overclocking is only available with H2C. Both levels of factory overclocking are fully covered by the standard parts and labor warranty with in-home service (3 years for H2C systems).

Like the original 730, the XPS 730x is offered with the second generation of the H2C cooling system. The H2C system doesn't receive an update for the new Core i7 processors since the second gen unit was originally designed with Core i7 compatibility in mind right from the start.

Click here for more pictures of the H2C hybrid cooling system and a detailed analysis of its functions.

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That is a pretty setup what i don't like is the lack of space that it has inside. because of all the hardware! I might be buying a 730x next year!

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Where is the ECC? As memory becomes faster and faster, we need to start verifying that it actually works with ECC. EETimes have written articles on the likelyhood of single bit errors which are correctable with ECC starting to become a monthly occurence on most hardware, it is imperative that we start looking to correct single bit errors and track single bit errors rates.

It is unacceptable to pay massive premiums for high end hardware and leave ourselves open to the possibility bits are being flipped randomly and this not only leads to system instability but also potential data loss. I have always had ECC even on my "gaming rigs" and they are all solid and never crash. Not crashing is the first order of business even on a gaming rig.

Intel made a huge mistake making Core i7 CPUs with the ECC support apparently supressed. Its a big slap and an FU in the face of those willing to pay top dollar, but we are also entitled to the security ECC provides. Shameful we have these conversations in late 2008/early 2009.

Whats next, taking out ECC from hard drives, NAND and other storage devices to make them denser?

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ECC? I remember when a pair of those were like gold ($$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$)

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Is there any info on how loud the new 730x H2C is? I have a Velocity Micro Raptor I want to replace. It is sooo loud you can't speak in a normal tone of voice with the PC on. I need a good gaming rig, not an aircraft engine....

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Hi I would like to know the cost of this system in dollars. My location is in pakistan's city karachi please let me know the shipment cost along with the system in $.

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You're asking about a system that was reviewed almost three years ago. The place to buy one of these would probably be

If you're interested in a newer model, try going to and looking around. They will sell you a PC straight away.

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i tried ebay as well but didn't found this pc on it please guide me from where i can purchase this system

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i tried ebay as well but didn't found this pc on it please guide me from where i can purchase this system

These PC's are over 3 Years Old.

You cannot buy one just like it anymore.

Go to and order one that is like it in some ways.


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